Former SNL Star Chris Parnell to Host New ‘Poker Nights’ Show on PokerGO

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Parnell will host a comedy show called ‘Poker Nights’ on Poker Central’s new app, PokerGO. The six-episode, short-form series will be available later this summer.

Chris Parnell PokerGO

Former SNL cast member Chris Parnell will host a mini-series called ‘Poker Nights’ on PokerGO.  (Image: nbc.com)

Poker Central and Believe Entertainment Group announced a partnership to create 200 short-form videos, including Poker Nights. The videos will include how-to’s, animation, sketches, and more. Each piece of content will have a poker theme.

Poker Nights will feature a mix of up-and-coming comedic actors and poker stars such as Phil Hellmuth. A Poker Central press release explained what viewers should expect from the upcoming mini-series.

“The series follows a group of ‘best-ish’ friends and the oddball guests that filter in and out of their weekly, neighborhood poker game,” the press release stated.

Poker Central hasn’t announced a specific release date for Poker Nights, only saying it will be available “later this summer.” Those interested in the show can watch it on PokerGO when it launches. The app costs $10 per month for a subscription.

From SNL to PokerGO

Chris Parnell is a 50-year-old actor/comedian who starred on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2006. On the popular weekly comedy show, he did numerous celebrity impersonations and even shot a rap video with fellow cast member Andy Samberg.

He was originally fired from SNL in 2001 but was re-hired a year later. Parnell is the only cast member to be fired twice. At the time of his departure, he was one five actors to spend eight years on SNL. The others? Al Franken, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, and Darrell Hammond.

As is the case with many SNL alums, Parnell parlayed his presence on the show into a successful movie and television career. He has appeared in numerous flicks, including 21 Jump Street, Anchorman 2, and The Ladies Man.

He’s also known for his television acting career beyond SNL, most notably the show 30 Rock. Parnell appeared in 25 episodes from 2006-2013. We aren’t sure how much experience he has playing poker, however.

Celebrities Love Poker

If it seems like more celebrities are getting involved with poker lately, that’s because they are. Kevin Hart, one of the funniest comedians in the world, competed in the Aria Super High Roller Bowl and is a PokerStars ambassador.

James Woods, when he isn’t busy calling for Hillary Clinton’s arrest on Twitter, competes in many WSOP events. He’ll likely be joined by fellow celebrities Brad Garrett and Ray Romano in the Main Event next month.

Celebrities playing poker is good for the game. They bring more attention to poker. Hart often posts poker-related tweets on his Twitter account that has 34 million followers. Perhaps Poker Nights will draw some of Chris Parnell’s fans to the game.

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

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